Renate Haeckler wrote: You might want that middle area to be a sacrificial paddock to keep them in when the rest of them are still recovering.
Renate Haeckler wrote:For full-size birds we had 12 in a half-acre. Probably could have had closer to 30 with them still able to eat all they wanted and not degrade the environment too much.
Clifford Reinke wrote:OK I did the math on my four paddock system with the coop in the middle and it works out to 140 Sq ft per bird in the paddock and 5 sq ft per bird in the coop.
Chris Kott wrote:Sorry, chad, I just don't see the sense in that much infrastructure if you can make one an eighth the enclosure size and move it.-CK
Clifford Reinke wrote:Lots of different ways to raise chickens, you just need to find what works for you. Even if you have to feed them exclusively layer pellets, you still will produce superior eggs at about the same cost you can buy regular eggs at the grocery store.
chad duncan wrote: I am certainly not going to cut a quarter acre out of the hay field and 30'X30' isn't going to give me what I want.
Renate Haeckler wrote:If you have a flock of 70 then either you really really like eggs or you're selling them too?
Cj Verde wrote:How are you fertilizing your hay field? You'll wind up with more/better hay if you do paddock shift.
Renate Haeckler wrote: Chicken-killing dogs can be trained out of it if they haven't done it a whole lot.